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Originally published Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM

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Reds’ Aroldis Chapman throws off mound


The Associated Press

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Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw off a mound on Monday for the first time since he was hit in the forehead by a line drive during spring training.

The left-hander threw 25 pitches in the bullpen before Cincinnati opened a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds will gradually increase his activities and hope to have him back sometime in May.

Chapman sustained fractures above his left eye and his nose when he was hit by Salvador Perez’s line drive on March 19 during a relief appearance against Kansas City. He had a plate inserted in the forehead the next day. Chapman has to be careful not to get hit in the forehead while it heals, so he’s restricted to working out and throwing on his own.

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• San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko was given a six-year, $35 million contract that runs through 2019. Gyorko, in his second year, proved himself with a big rookie season, hitting .249 with 23 home runs and 63 RBI.

• Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is seeking a settlement of $9.9 million from the Seminole Indian tribe over injuries he suffered in a 2012 fall from a stage at the tribe’s South Florida casino. Attorney Jack Hickey said Monday that Robinson will sue unless a settlement is reached. The case is complicated by the tribe’s lawsuit immunity protections, which generally limit damages to $200,000 for an individual who suffers an injury at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Robinson, 76, was attending a charity event at the casino for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital when he fell about 12 feet off a stage that had no back railing. Hickey said the Baltimore Orioles great suffered head, back and shoulder injuries that required that he limit numerous paid and charity appearances, celebrity golf tournaments, baseball fantasy camps, exercise and travel.



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